Alinskyian agitators stir discontent in Ferguson, Missouri

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“…the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has given MCU the following national grants: $25,000 (2007-2008); $30,000 (2008-2009); $30,000 (2009-2010); $40,000 (2010-2011); $45,000 (2011-2012); $55,000 (2012-2013).”
By Stephanie Block
Rev. Tracey Blackman, speaking on “webinar video” (below) about the Gamaliel Foundations’s activism in Ferguson,[i] said that the Gamaliel-involved clergy must be “protectors of the narrative” and that they would be the ones to tell what really happened in Ferguson.
In an era when media regularly “shape” the news for their own political ends, we understand what Rev. Blackman means by a “narrative.” The facts – that a young Missouri man, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by a policeman or that “communities of color” suffer disenfranchizement, disproportionate unemployment, and substandard education – are rarely presented in unadorned form.   They are “embroidered” with unsubstantiated claims.  One hears from one source that “Michael Brown was weaponless and unresisting” and from another that “Michael Brown had gunpowder on his hands.”  Eyewitnesses say he was shot despite having his hands in the air; eyewitness say he didn’t have his hands in the air.
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Gamaliel wants to be sure that its “narrative” is the one broadcast across the country – that Michael Brown was a victim of police brutality and a racist system that targets young black men.  This narrative counters another that would dismiss Michael Brown’s  neighborhood as violent, crime-riddled, disrespectful of the law, and trying to blame the police for its problems.
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In between these two “narratives” sits a frightened, long-suffering community with far more of its share of problems than anyone deserves.
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In true Alinskyian fashion, the Gamaliel Foundation is “rubbing raw the sores of discontent” to further its own ends.  On the webinar, Rev. Blackman says that violence not coming from the men of Michael Brown’s neighborhood but from outsiders.  That’s an important point to her – an example, she says, of what she means by “controlling the narrative.”
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Organizing the people of Michael Brown’s neighborhood for non-violent protest is also coming from “outsiders,” however.  The Gamaliel local in St. Louis, Metropolitan Congeregations United (MCU), staged a Call to Action – an “organized resistence” of people joining “those already standing in Ferguson” – during October 10-13, calling it a “Weekend of Resistence.”
People from around the country were asked to travel to Ferguson for an October 10 training in nonviolent resistence, in preparation for a march the following day.  Gamaliel’s National Campaign Director wrote after the event that: “Luminaries, old guard civil rights leaders, and out-of-state activists poured into St. Louis for the Mass Mobilization on Oct 11-13, wanting to participate in, or organize, what they may be deem to be the latest incarnation of the civil rights movement.”[ii]
Sunday, October 12 was designated as “Hands Up Sabbath.”  The clergy of “faith communities” were asked to address speak about the issues of police brutality and racism, using materials specially prepared by a coalition of groups that include another Alinskyian organzing network, PICO.  The  “Hands Up Sabbath Toolkit” contains “reflections” and prayers for congregational use, such as a liberationist “Prayer Patterned after the Lord’s Prayer” with the stunningly twisted and telling petition: “May our will be done on earth and in heaven and in the church in the United States.” [emphasis added.][iii]
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Then, on Monday, Gamaliel called for clergy-led civil disobedience, with the plan being that many would go to jail, presumably gaining national media coverage by the act.
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Lastly, protestors encouraged the signing of a national petition directed at local county executive candidates. [iv]  MCU’s – and Gamaliel’s – demands are that, whoever wins the election, will “within 30 days of taking office… hold a summit for the 90+ mayors of St. Louis County municipalities and all heads of law enforcement divisions. MCU wants the summit to focus on commitments from each mayor and police chief to implement community policing procedures, reform excessive traffic fines and abolishing the unjust debtor prison system, so that traffic violators, especially those of low income, are not being exploited to boost city coffers.”[v]
Debtor prison?  Boost city coffers?  Really?
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Gamaliel rhetoric is inflammatory and rousing.  One speaker on the webinar called the shooting of Michael Brown an act of genocide and that “Jesus was martryed in same manner as a lot of our black men… we have churches that are ready to get out there on the front line but other churches are ready to retreat and close their doors…as an organizer, I have to navigate that tension between those that are ready to be there.”
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Another, Rev. John Welch, chair of Gamaliel’s board of directors, said in response to a pointed question that it was not the role of clergy to be “peacemakers” but “developers of disturbance.”
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Is this a “narrative” that best serves a beleagured people or is there, perhaps, still another, yet to be explored?  Is there “good news” that clergy might carry, petitioning God’s will rather than Gamaliel’s?  Are there ways to help hurting people that don’t perpetuate structures of injustice?
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If Gamaliel were a purely secular political organization, such questions would make no sense.  As an organization with clergy among its leadership and that is funded by religious institutions,[vi] these questions are not merely reasonable – they are long overdue.
Stephanie Block also edits Los Pequenos – a newspaper based in New Mexico – and is the author of the four-volume ‘Change Agents: Alinskyian Organizing Among Religious Bodies’, which is available at Amazon.
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[i] Gamaliel webinar video, ““MCU and Gamaliel’s October Push for Ferguson” October 7, 2014: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgGE3gfJwcM&feature=youtu.be (accessed 10-15-14).  Link to the video appeared on the Gamaliel Foundation homepage: http://www.gamaliel.org (also accessed 10-15-14).
[ii] Laura Barrett, “A Generational Divide Between Organizers in Ferguson,” Rooflines (Shelterforce blog), 10-15-14.
[iv] Gamaliel petition, “After Ferguson, We Must Change Police and Court Practices in St. Louis County, To: County Executive Candidates Rick Stream and Steve Stenger:”
action.groundswell-mvmt.org/petitions/change-police-and-court-practices-in-st-louis-county
[v] Laura Barrett, “A Generational Divide Between Organizers in Ferguson,” Rooflines (Shelterforce blog), 10-15-14.
[vi] To give an example, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development has given MCU the following national grants: $25,000 (2007-2008); $30,000 (2008-2009); $30,000 (2009-2010); $40,000 (2010-2011); $45,000 (2011-2012); $55,000 (2012-2013).

Catholic group’s TV ad proves Louisiana Senator Landrieu must lose job for still supporting ObamaCare

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Catholics for America has produced a 30 second TV spot titled;

Mary Landrieu’s ObamaCare Mistake Hurts Catholics and Louisianans.

The ad factually states how Mary Landrieu voted for ObamaCare and that it took away health plans, that she voted to block a resolution that she knew would have let you keep your health plan if you liked it and then features an audio clip of Landrieu affirming her support of ObamaCare even after all of these things became widely known.  The ad wraps up with a request to call Mary Landrieu and ask her to change her position on ObamaCare.

Though the ad’s intent is to engage people to get Senator Landrieu to change her position on ObamaCare, it proves how damaging Landrieu’s continued support of this bad law has been to millions in the United States.  She certainly should lose her seat in the U.S. Senate for deliberately hurting so many people with this law.

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Below are three screen shots of the TV ad.  The Video is at the bottom.

1.  HER VOTE TOOK AWAY HEALTH PLANS

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2.  SHE BLOCKS A RESOLUTION THAT WOULD HAVE LET YOU KEEP YOUR HEALTH PLAN IF YOU LIKED IT

LANDRIEU BLOCKS RESOLUTION

 

 

 

3.  AFTER MILLIONS OF PLANS ARE CANCELED LANDRIEU SAYS SHE WILL SUPPORT OBAMACARE AGAIN

LANDRIEU - YES I WOULD SUPPORT IT AGAIN

 

 

 

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Please get it out there.  There are not any Catholic specific TV ads out there that we know of right now.  It is our chance to defend the Faith.

U.S. government was about to fine EWTN $35,000 per day on July 1st but, Hobby Lobby happened

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Original post from Catholics for America (edited.)

On June 30, 2014 the Supreme Court of the United States granted Hobby Lobby a 5-4 victory for Religious Freedom from the ObamaCare Law’s HHS Mandate. Later that day the 11th Circuit Court granted Catholic TV network, EWTN an injunction from the same HHS mandate.

However, EWTN was one day away from being assessed fines of $35,000 per day on July 1, 2014. By this posting they would be fined $105,000 and one full year of fines would total $12,775,000 in fines!

EWTN and many others have taken a courageous stand to defend our Religious Freedoms. Below is a statement from EWTN’s Chairman Michael Warsaw concerning their situation. Their fight is not over:

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Dear Friend of EWTN,

As we prepare to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and celebrate the founding of our nation on July 4th, we celebrate freedom!

In their monumental document, the founders declared an independent nation, throwing off the tyrannical rule that failed to recognize that governments should receive “their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

This restriction of individual freedoms is not just a history lesson, but a reality for American Catholics and others who object to the immoral and overreaching HHS Mandate. The HHS Mandate demands that contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs be provided for by all employers, including those who object to these life-denying practices.

Though we celebrate liberty this July 4th, EWTN and many other organizations are in an on-going effort to fight for the freedom to act according to our consciences. On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby and similar for-profit employers cannot be forced to comply with the federal contraception mandate against their religious beliefs. While we rejoice in this victory we know that the fight for EWTN and others goes on.

We are also gratified that the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta granted EWTN an injunction preventing the federal government from enforcing the mandate against the Network while we pursue our appeal before the courts. What does this mean for EWTN?  It means that — for the present — we will not be required to pay penalties, up to $35,000 per day, for refusing to comply with the HHS Mandate. This is not a total victory, as we still have not been granted an exemption, only temporary relief. It is, however, certainly a significant step in the right direction!

As we stand for the rights of free citizens, protected by our constitution and endowed by our Creator, we must resist the indifference of the wider culture. We must be steadfast in prayer and hope! When we fight for freedom, we honor the many Americans who have served and died for the cause of liberty.

First and foremost, we must pray regularly that God might bless our efforts and give each of us the courage to stand for truth in the public square.
Second, we should not be afraid to speak openly about our opposition to the HHS Mandate.
Third, we should invite others to stand with us. EWTN and others may be the target of this restriction of freedoms today, but a dangerous precedent is being set to arbitrarily limit the liberty of others.
Finally, we can offer our support to the many individuals and organizations who are on the front lines of this debate, entrenched in court cases around the country.

As EWTN continues to stand firm in our conviction that we should not and cannot be forced by our government to violate our consciences, I thank you for your unwavering support. We have felt the power of your prayers; we have heard your voice added to ours! This 4th of July, please continue to help in this important battle, both through your prayers and your financial support…

Let us recognize, as our founding fathers did, that the right to follow one’s conscience is a foundational principle of a nation free from despotism and tyranny and that these rights come not from the government of man but from the hand of a loving God!

May God Bless You and our country!

Michael P. Warsaw, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you to EWTN for their courage.

Help pay for Fr. Kenneth Walker’s funeral expenses

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Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP, was murdered on June 11, 2014 at the Rectory of Mater Misericordiae Parish in Phoenix, Arizona, where he served as assistant priest.  Fr. Joseph Terra was also critically injured in the assault.

Fr. Walker comes from a large family.  So, the travel expenses will be a great financial burden on them.

Click HERE to make a contribution to Fr. Walker’s funeral expenses fund.

All contributions that exceed expenses will be donated to The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP.)

We pray that God, the Creator and Redeemer will grant eternal rest to Fr. Walker, consolation to his family, consolation and recovery to Fr. Terra and consolation to the priests and parishioners of The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

Sign the Petition Asking Pope Francis to admonish President Obama for persecuting the ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’

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Sign this important petition from Catholics for America TODAY by clicking on the link at the bottom.  Pope Francis and Barack Obama meet tomorrow.  So, time is of the essence.  The following post is entitled Petition: Ask His Holiness, Pope Francis to admonish President Obama for persecuting Catholic groups such as the ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’ below:

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Friends, below is a petition letter to Pope Francis that we hope you will sign.  We believe it is important that the Holy Father hear from his flock in America about our concerns as Catholic lay persons especially in grave matters.

Your Holiness,

President Obama is trying to force Catholic groups in the U.S. such as the ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’ to abandon their Catholic conscience and pay for services inconsistent with life and Catholic Church teaching.

President Obama is doing this through his unjust law popularly known by him as ‘ObamaCare’ and one of its directives known as the ‘HHS mandate.’

When President Obama meets with you on March 27, 2014, I humbly ask in the spirit of Matthew’s Gospel that you admonish him for his persecution of Catholic persons, businesses and others of good will who are suffering under his unjust law.

Also, in solidarity with my Middle Eastern Christian brothers and sisters and others of good will, I ask that you admonish President Obama for his support of their political persecutors.

God bless you and be assured of my prayers.

Click here to sign the petition.

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O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Pope Francis didn’t call capitalism “unfettered” or “a new tyranny:” it was created by a journalist

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It wasn’t Pope Francis who called capitalism “unfettered” or “a new tyranny.”  It was Reuters journalist Naomi O’Leary.  Miss O’Leary induced this creation into the opening line of her November 26, 2013 story about Evangelii Gaudium.

Read about it and more from the original story from Catholics for America below:

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Pope Francis did not write the word ‘capitalism’ nor did he call capitalism “a new tyranny” in his November 24, 2013 apostolic exhortation titled, Evangelii GaudiumHe actually calls ideologies and the oppression of persons they cause “a new tyranny.”

A PDF word search of Evangelii Gaudium reveals that the word capitalism isn’t even in the document.  American media reports have said, “Pope Francis attacked unfettered capitalism as a new tyranny.”  The Pope references tyranny but, what he calls “a new tyranny” are the resulting oppressions of what he calls “ideologies,” not capitalism.  Therefore, the often repeated media line mentioned above does not exist in fact or by inference in Evangelii Gaudium as reported.  Actually, the line was the creation of Reuters journalist, Naomi O’Leary on November 26, 2013.

Below is the excerpt from Evangelii Gaudium where the Pope uses the term “a new tyranny.”  The words in red help to explain what the Pope means by tyranny (the use of quotations, parenthesis and bolding of words below is ours.):

56. While the earnings of a minority are growing exponentially, so too is the “gap” separating the majority from the prosperity enjoyed by those happy few. This “imbalance” is the result of “ideologies” which defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation. Consequently, they” (the ideologies) reject the right of states, charged with vigilance for the common good, to exercise any form of control.  A new tyranny” is thus born, invisible and often virtual, which unilaterally and relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules. Debt and the accumulation of interest also make it difficult for countries to realize the potential of their own economies and keep citizens from enjoying their real purchasing power. To all this we can add widespread corruption and self-serving tax evasion, which have taken on worldwide dimensions. The thirst for power and possessions knows no limits. In this system, which tends to devour everything which stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenseless before the interests of a deified market, which become the only rule.

Note:  Above, “(the ideologies)” was inserted by the writer of this article to define what is meant by “they.”

After reading the above excerpt with assisting quotations, parenthesis and bolding, it demonstrates that the “gap” separating persons from prosperity is the “imbalance” caused by the “ideologies” that “they” (the ideologies) create; “a new tyranny” (an ideology that even rejects the fair and just regulation of the marketplace so it can continue to oppress persons with its unjust laws and rules.)  So again, what is really meant by “a new tyranny” is ideologies and the oppression of persons they cause…  Read the rest of this article from Catholics for America and share it by Clicking HERE.

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Egyptian Catholic Bishop counters 10 myths about the revolution, Muslim Brotherhood, Christian persecution and more

The following excerpt is from a story published by ‘Aid to the Church in Need.’ ‘Aid to the Church in Need’ is a Catholic charity helping Christians who suffer persecution worldwide:

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Think Again: 10 Myths about Egypt’s Second Revolution

During a recent visit to the EU in Brussels, organised by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, the (Egyptian) Coptic-Catholic Bishop of Assiut, Kyrillos William Samaan (pictured above left) delivered the following report: “Think Again: 10 Myths about Egypt’s Second Revolution”.

In this document the Bishop responds to the more common queries about what is the nature of the situation in Egypt and what is reasonable to expect. These are responses he offered to EU policy-makers during the 17-19 September meeting and all remain relevant. The bishop referred to these questions as “myths” because of their power in the imagination of the people he met, and tries to dispel these myths at every opportunity. “We have to give the Egyptian constitution and the Egyptian people the chance they have been fighting for”, he said.

1. The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) represent the majority of Egyptians. In Europe we have Christian Democrats – are not the Muslim Brotherhood ‘Muslim Democrats’?

No.  The MB, in its political party form, obtained only 12 (million) out of a possible 50 million votes in the elections of 2011. Their rate of support fell sharply to as little as 5% when the Morsi government eliminated a pluralist Parliament and replaced it with one in which they were the absolute majority, was stopped short from replacing 3500 judges by people they knew would uphold Sharia law over the existing more secular laws, and declared illegal the work of foreign-funded pro-democracy and human rights NGOs. The MB, however, has an important detachment of press officers abroad still propagating a message of massive support with little or no bearing on reality in Egypt.
The above short list of exactions bears no comparison to any form of Christian Democracy as known in the West.

2. There are massive, peaceful pro-Morsi demonstrations still taking place and being suppressed.

They are an illusion fueled by the lack of presence of foreign correspondents outside Cairo.  A few hundred supporters still gather intermittently but they have worked with broadcast media owned by well-known Sunni Sheiks, even using images of the anti-Morsi demonstrations labeling them as pro-Morsi.
The demonstrations are not peaceful.  Extremists have attacked police stations with rocket-propelled grenades (Kerdasa, Aswan, Menya) killing many policemen. Many MB members are on camera threatening Christians of genocide and raising Al-Qaeda flags in the sit-in areas. Dr. Morsi himself is recorded on video calling the Shia “filth worth only of extermination”. Protestors have also paid families to resist the calls of the police to clear the area or face being expelled.

3. There was a coup and there is now a military government.

It was not a coup, but the military supporting the will of 33+ million Egyptians demonstrating in the streets under the slogan “Food, Freedom, Social Justice and Human Dignity”.

The MB international spokespeople have insisted on isolating two events as if they were disconnected: the elections that brought Morsi to power and his removal from office. There is little mention of what happened in between: the dissolution of the nascent democratic structures such as the pluralist Parliament in favor of the Islamist-dominated Constituent Assembly and the single-handed appointment of 13 MB regional leaders (out of 27).
The interim government is not military. It is a civilian government and the army has no intention of taking up power. In February 2011, when Mubarak listened to the people and stood down, he surrendered the government to a military council who proceeded to organize elections and a civilian government was installed. The lesson learnt then is replicated now and the interim
government is promising to have a new full government in 9 months, shorter again than the previous transfer of 15 months following Mubarak.

4. The Tamarod was organized by the military and pressured citizens to sign the petition.

No.  Tamarod is a youth movement, which started in May 2013 and the timeline of events demonstrates that the collection of the 22 million signatures (with full identification) started well before the army decided to ask Morsi to listen to the people. The Tamarod set a 30 June deadline for Dr. Morsi to respond to the demands, which included calling for early presidential elections.

5. Egypt had bad elections and a bad Constitution. There is no sign this time that things will be better.

Yes and No. Yes, the elections could have been better; Morsi came to power with 12 million votes in an election with approximately 43% turnout of the 50 million registered voters. Moreover, the multiple claims of fraud taking place outside Cairo had no electoral tribunal for recourse (pre-filled ballots, repeated voter names, etc.). Elections can only be improved with a truly independent electoral body and tribunal. In addition, a controversial move of the MB was to first hold the presidential elections and only afterward address the Constitution. This effectively prevented the majority of Egyptians, not members of the winning political party, to participate in the Constitutional process.
Lessons have been learnt. The new Constitution is now being drafted before elections, the Committee has a clear deadline in November, and it includes 50 Egyptians from all backgrounds, including Salafists and one former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, committed to “the creation of a constitutional Nation State, democratic and modern, founded upon a text approved by the nation supporting the separation of powers. Its current Article 3 defines “citizenship as the sole criterion of responsibility within society” (Source: interview of Mahmoud Azab, counselor for Dialogue to the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University, La Croix 16sept2013).

6. There are waves of arrests against the MB; news media are being harassed.

Most MB members are free to live and participate fully in civil society. Judiciary mandates have been issued against individuals who have incited hatred and violence: committing murder (such as those caught on camera throwing youngsters off a roof in Alexandria), as well as perpetrating acts of violence against Egyptians, victimizing not only Christians but also the majority of Muslims. At the same time, the sources of funding used to buy weapons and explosives are also being investigated – and many lead to the MB. This is the origin of the order to banish the MB’s activities, as the investigation continues. The MB is constituted of several operating arms: political party, NGO, social services providers, etc. making the investigation difficult.
As to the alleged media harassment, the broadcasting and social media units that were closed (seen abroad as news media), are rarely more than the medium of expression of well-known foreign Sheiks financing their own objectives. Al-Jazeera is Qatar-funded, largely like the MB, and in Egypt Al-Jazeera has never pretended to be impartial. Most of these broadcasters have little to do with what the West considers as free and responsible media, necessary to a democratic society. (These are facts and are proved with relative ease). Meanwhile, language barriers also
play an important part in the misunderstanding abroad of what goes on in Egypt. Multiplying information sources is still the only way to overcome this challenge.

To read the rest of the story including myths 7, 8, 9 and 10 by Bishop Kyrillos click here.

Definition of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Given by Pope Pius IX

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Definition of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The following is the definition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, given by Pope Pius IX, December 8, 1854.

“For the honor of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, for the glory and adornment of the Virgin Mother of God, for the exaltation of the Catholic faith and the increase of the Christian religion, We declare, pronounce and define, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and Our own, that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instant of her conception, was, by singular grace and privilege of God, in view of the merits of Christ Jesus, the Saviour of the Human race, preserved free from every stain of original sin, has been revealed by God and is therefore to be firmly and constantly believed by all the faithful. Wherefore if any should presume, which God forbid, to think otherwise in their hearts than We have defined, let them know and be certain that they have been condemned by their own judgment, that they have made shipwreck in faith, that they have fallen away from the unity of the Church; and furthermore, that, should they dare to manifest in word or writing, or in any other external way, what they think in their hearts, they subject themselves by this very act to the penalties prescribed by law.”

Source: Catechism of the Council of Trent, Appendix I

Pass up this weekend’s ‘second collection’ due to funding of groups inconsistent with Catholicism

PICO sunflower protestersIt is best to pass up the second collection at Mass today and tomorrow.  This second collection is for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD.)  For years your contributions to the CCHD have gone to many organizations who advocate for abortion, redefinition of Marriage and socialism (rejected in Catechism section 2425.)

Beneficiaries of CCHD money are;  affiliates of PICO National Network, affiliates of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) which was founded by Saul Alinsky and still revered by them, among others (see others here.)  See IAF reading list below:

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Below is an excerpt of a story I wrote about last June (click here) about a group who receives your contributions named, ‘PICO National Network,’ that protested in the front doorway of the home of the Kansas Secretary of State:

This is a scandal made possible with the money of unwitting Catholics across the United States.  The 300 protesters that were led by bull-horn in the front doorway of the home of the Kansas Secretary of State on Saturday June 15, 2013 are from the community organization called PICO National Network and its affiliate, “Communities Creating Opportunity” (CCO) and a partner named “Sunflower Community Action.”  On March 5, 2012 PICO National Network was granted $150,000 from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) anti-poverty agency, known as the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD.)

Please pass up the second collection at Mass today and tomorrow.  Instead, support a group you know who stays consistent with Catholic teaching.

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

Catholics for America: A new organization to defend Catholic teaching in American society and politics

CFA logo for FBA new organization has been created to engage Catholic laity in the public and political spheres.  Their name is Catholics for America and they introduced themselves today in the social media world.  Be sure to follow Catholics for America on their Facebook page by clicking here and on their Twitter page by clicking here.  You can also Join them and receive emails by clicking here

Catholics for America will need the financial support of lay persons who want our Catholic teachings defended.  To contribute financially to Catholics for America, click here.

Please read and share Catholics for America’s post titled ‘Introducing, Catholics for America’ HERE and below that introduces their efforts to protect and defend Catholic social teaching in the United States:

Today, November 21st, on the Feast of The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we are pleased to introduce Catholics for America.

What is Catholics for America?

Catholics for America is a not for profit organization whose mission is, “To educate and encourage Catholics in the United States of America to actively support Catholic social teaching and to protect and defend those teachings in the public sphere.”

Why was Catholics for America founded?

Catholic teaching needs protection and defense by lay persons. The Church calls on the laity to be active in politics and society in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, sections 899 and 2442.  Also, on January 19, 2012, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI called for the Catholic Laity to become engaged through his address to the Bishops of the U.S.:

*Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) – section 899

899 The initiative of lay Christians is necessary especially when the matter involves discovering or inventing the means for permeating social, political, and economic realities with the demands of Christian doctrine and life. This initiative is a normal element of the life of the Church:

Lay believers are in the front line of Church life; for them the Church is the animating principle of human society. Therefore, they in particular ought to have an ever-clearer consciousness not only of belonging to the Church, but of being the Church, that is to say, the community of the faithful on earth under the leadership of the Pope, the common Head, and of the bishops in communion with him. They are the Church.

*Catechism of the Catholic Church – section 2442

2442 It is not the role of the Pastors of the Church to intervene directly in the political structuring and organization of social life. This task is part of the vocation of the lay faithful, acting on their own initiative with their fellow citizens. Social action can assume various concrete forms. It should always have the common good in view and be in conformity with the message of the Gospel and the teaching of the Church. It is the role of the laity “to animate temporal realities with Christian commitment, by which they show that they are witnesses and agents of peace and justice.”

*Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI TO THE BISHOPS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ON THEIR “AD LIMINA” VISIT, January 19, 2012:

“… it is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres. The seriousness of these threats needs to be clearly appreciated at every level of ecclesial life. Of particular concern are certain attempts being made to limit that most cherished of American freedoms, the freedom of religion… Here once more we see the need for an engaged, articulate and well-formed CATHOLIC LAITY endowed with a strong critical sense vis-à-vis the dominant culture and with the courage to counter a reductive secularism which would delegitimize the Church’s participation in public debate about the issues which are determining the FUTURE OF AMERICAN SOCIETY.”

Catholics for America will help the laity to engage in the public sphere on moral issues central to our faith like; Life, Marriage, Poverty, Labor and Religious Freedom to name a few.

How can you help Catholics for America?

  • Tell your friends about Catholics for America by using the social media sources you use like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.
  • Donate $5 or an amount you can afford to the efforts of Catholics for America.
  • Join Catholics for America by signing up for our emails

Please include us in your prayers.

We pray that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit bless our work.